August 16, 2012

Safe and sound in bed: Sleep-time safety tips for children

When we’re feeling down or troubled, we often want to crawl into bed. It’s a place we associate with comfort and safety.


When we’re feeling down or troubled, we often want to crawl into bed. It’s a place we associate with comfort and safety. When it comes to your child’s crib or bed, a little effort is required to remove the hazards adults rarely think about when we go to sleep.

Putting your child to bed shouldn’t be an anxiety-producing episode, but make sure to take these precautions to avoid any unwanted scares.

For infants:

  • Clear the crib of all items except for the mattress and fitted sheets. Pillows and blankets could choke or suffocate your baby.
  • Room sharing is recommended for the first six months.
  • Remove all potential hazards from baby’s reach, including cords, lamps, baby monitors and windows

For toddlers: 

  • Choose a bed that’s low to the ground to minimize any falls that might happen at night. (You can cushion the fall with a soft mat or carpet around the bed, too.)
  • Guardrails can be purchased to accommodate your toddler until he or she is big enough to sleep in their “big kid” bed. 

For bunk beds: 

  • Most bunk bed-related injuries occur from falls while sleeping or playing. Keep children under 6 off the top bunk until they understand the risks and dangers.
  • Demonstrate how to get on and off the bunk in a safe way.
  • Make sure that the ladder from the top bunk is well illuminated at night. 

Do regular checks to see that the bed frame parts are sturdy and secure.

All Bolton children’s furniture is built to time-tested standards. We believe in making bedtime fun, imaginative and safe, giving you peace of mind when you go to bed.

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/child-enfant/equip/bed-lit-eng.php

 



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